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by Neal Rogers
September 30, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Russia court issues arrest warrant for doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov; Sacha Modolo moves from UAE Emirates to EF Education First-Drapac for two years; After six years with Orica-Scott, Jens Keukeleire to Lotto-Soudal for 2018-19; Toms Skujins leaves Cannondale-Drapac, signs two-year deal with Trek-Segafredo; Davide Martinelli renews contract with Quick-Step Floors for two years; TT world champion Van Vleuten to pursue cyclocross, mountain-bike, and track aspirations; GoPro launches Hero6 Black and Fusion 360; Red Bull Last Stand eliminator criterium returns to Alamo Plaza in San Antonio; Colorado man who shot cyclists with pellet gun faces only misdemeanor charges.
Slipstream Sports has announced the signing of Italian Sacha Modolo. Modolo joins the American-registered squad on a two-year contract after one season with Team UAE Emirates. Modolo has raced exclusively for Italian-registered or Italian-staffed squads during his eight-year career.
“The move to Slipstream is a big change, but it’s exactly what I need,” said Modolo. “After four years with Giuseppe Saronni, who I want to thank, and at 30-years-old, I was looking for new motivation, and I found it in this team. Everyone I’ve spoken to at Slipstream has expressed belief in me. For a rider, this is important to find confidence and feel responsibility.”
Modolo has won 45 races since turning professional in 2010. His first victory came on Stage 5 of the Tour of Quinghai Lake in his second season as a professional. His most recent victory was two months ago, at the Tour de Pologne. Modolo has proven a consistent winner. Since his first victory, he has won no less than three races in any given year. While the results remain consistent, the type of races Modolo is winning has changed as he his career has progressed.
“I’m proud of all of my victories, but I’m most proud of the two stages at the Giro d’Italia and the win at Tour de Suisse in front of Peter Sagan,” said Modolo. “This year, I was sixth at Tour of Flanders, and that was also very special. In the last few years, I’ve done good results in hard races,” said Modolo. “I hope to find a good environment with my new teammates to achieve more victories in bigger races.